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Biz Beat 11-15-2012

Holiday Market, an extension of Saturday Market that includes fine arts and crafts from around the region, plus food and music, kicks off from 10 am to 6 pm Saturday, Nov. 17, at the Fairgrounds. The market runs weekends through Dec. 24. See holidaymarket.org

Dutch Bros. Coffee is planning to open its first Cottage Grove location at 1534 N. Gateway Blvd. at a date in November to be announced. The coffee chain gives away free drinks when it opens new stores, always leading to long lines.

Lorraine Kerwood, founder of NextStep Recycling, has been honored as a 2012 “Woman of Worth” by L’Oreal of Paris for her innovative work providing technology literacy and job and skills training to persons with disabilities through Kindtree Autism Rocks! The award comes with a $10,000 grant and the 10 women honored will compete via online voting for a chance to win an additional $25,000 grant. See www.womenofworth.com to vote.

Institutional Stove Solutions (InStove) of Cottage Grove is expanding its Stove-Factory-in-a-Box program to Haiti, Uganda and Senegal this fall. The program ships all the tools, parts and supplies to set up stove manufacturing plants in third-world countries, according to stove designers Damon Ogle and Fred Colgan. See our Aug. 30 cover story in our archives at http://wkly.ws/1dv And speaking of high-efficiency stoves out of Aprovecho and Cottage Grove, Ben West and his EcoZoom stoves are featured in the latest Oregon Business magazine. EcoZoom is a for-profit enterprise that has sold 68,000 stoves so far for $1.9 million.

Birth to Three, serving Lane County families since 1978, has changed its name to Parenting Now! to reflect its expanding mission. The nonprofit “continues to fulfill its mission that all children are raised by nurturing, skilled parents.” The new website address is parentingnow.org

 Chocolate Decadence is a new shop occupying the Euphoria Chocolate location at Valley River Center. The store offers its own line of chocolates plus products from Euphoria, Sipping Dreams, Coastal Mist, Sweet Thang and Pacific Nazelnut Farms. See chocolatedecadence.com

Alejandra Serrano from Cancun, Mexico, has arrived for a fellowship with Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide (ELAW), joining ELAW fellows Ana Lucia Maya from Columbia, Thuli Makama from Swaziland, and Emilio d’Cuire from Honduras. See elaw.org

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